LSU started off their season last week with an easy 94-63 win over Southeastern LA and a strong 97-91 win over UNC Greensboro. Memphis only played one game so far this season, a 76-61 warm up win over Tennessee Tech.
The two teams previously met up late last December in Memphis, a 71-61 win for LSU. That win, being the first of only three wins on the road, proved to be one of the more key victories to grant LSU an invitation to the NIT.
Tremont Waters led the attack against the Memphis Tigers last season, scoring 18 points while recording 8 assists and 4 steals in 38 minutes. Guard Skylar Mays also added 14 points and 5 rebounds.
The Memphis Tigers currently rank 80 spots higher in defensive efficiency than they did last year, and they plan on putting a high pressure defense to good use tonight.
“The first thing is, they play extremely hard. Second thing is, they press all over the place,” Wade said to the media Monday. “They run a trap. They’re very, very aggressive with their defense. They use their defense to create offense. Offensively, they push the ball hard. The biggest issue with the threes on Friday night was our transition defense. Our transition defense was; we’ve had better days. We need to get that corrected and quickly. They play extremely fast so if we don’t value the ball, that’s going to be a problem.”
LSU Tigers Projected Starting 5
#0 Naz Reid: 23.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 26.5 minutes
#1 Ja’vonte Smart: 11.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 25.0 minutes
#3 Tremont Waters: 15.0 points, 6.0 assists, 29.5 minutes
#4 Skylar Mays: 10.0 points, 2.0 steals, 24.5 minutes
#24 Emmitt Williams: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 21.0 minutes
Memphis Tigers Projected Starting 5
#0 Kyvon Davenport: 30 points, 10 rebounds, 30 minutes
#3 Jeremiah Martin: 18 points, 4 rebounds, 32 minutes
#2 Alex Lomax: 8 points, 4 assists, 26 minutes
#14 Isaiah Maurice: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 11 minutes
#1 Tyler Harris: 0 points, 3 assists, 27 minutes
Tonight’s contest will be televised on the SEC Network and will tip off at 6pm. You can also listen in on 98.1FM, follow my live tweets @marq113, or join the discussion in the comments below.